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David Nice

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David writes, lectures and broadcasts on music. A former music critic for The Guardian and The Sunday Correspondent, he is a regular voice on BBC Radio 3. He has written short studies on Elgar, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and the history of opera, and is currently working on the second volume of his Prokofiev biography for Yale University Press. He runs his own lecture series, Opera in Depth, at the Frontline Club in Paddington.

Articles By David Nice

Haas Hommage à Bridget Riley, London Sinfonietta, Lubman, QEH review - vibrant abstraction

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Remembering Mariss Jansons (1943-2019)

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Kolesnikov, Tsoy, Currie, Walton, Wigmore Hall review - mesmerising sonorities

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Peter Grimes, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Gardner, RFH review - more instrumental than vocal intensity

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My Brilliant Friend, National Theatre review - sleek spectacle almost eats its characters

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Highgate International Chamber Music Festival opening concert review - top soloists blend to perfection

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Henry VI, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse review - a lively vortex

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Wang, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dudamel, Barbican review - much more than glitz and glamour

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O/Modernt Soloists, Sonoro Ensemble, Wimbledon International Music Festival review - pure instrumental poetry

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Roméo et Juliette, LSO, Tilson Thomas, Barbican review - surprisingly sober take on Berlioz epic

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Shadows, Coronet Theatre review - talking heads in the void

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His Dark Materials, BBC One review - generic TV fantasy with ready-made twists

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A Prayer for Wings, King's Head Theatre review - claustrophobic mother-daughter drama soars

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Daniil Trifonov, RFH review - devil in the works

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The Apostles, LPO, Brabbins, RFH review - Elgar's melancholy New Testament snapshots

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Imogen Cooper 70th Birthday Concert, Wigmore Hall review - outwardly austere, lit from within

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Pinocchio review - wooden heart

This seems a perfect project for Matteo Garrone, a director who has found new ways to conjure old Italian dreams, and invests even his most grimly...

AIM Awards 2020, SBTV review - a game attempt to rewire awar...

Music awards shows are a strange beast: part window display, part industry conference and part party. Especially if you don’t have Brit Awards or...

Charles Owen, Fidelio Orchestra Café review - high-profile,...

Composer Gian-Carlo Menotti once asked rhetorically what society wanted of performing artists – “the bread of life or the after-dinner mint?”...

Album: Biffy Clyro - A Celebration of Endings

Together for over 20 years and with a string of incredibly successful albums, the...

Fanny and Stella, Garden Theatre review - a saucy slice of q...

In a purgatorial summer, this boisterous, camp and chaotically charming...

Cuba: Castro vs the World, BBC Two - turbulent life and time...

During World War Two, President Franklin D Roosevelt described the USA as “the arsenal of democracy”. Only a couple of decades later, Fidel Castro...

The Telephone, Scottish Opera/Cargill, RSNO, Søndergård, Edi...

Lockdown, perhaps more than any other time, has amplified how ...

New Music Unlocked 5: Biffy Clyro, Rave the Vote, Little Sim...

Although Metallica are screening a freshly recorded concert across America’s drive-in cinemas at the end of the month, we’re no nearer to actual...

Album: James Dean Bradfield - Even In Exile

One of the most evocative tracks on James Dean Bradfield’s second solo album is hardly his at all. The Manic Street Preacher takes “La...

Matt Haig: The Midnight Library review - an uplifting modern...

TW: This article discusses suicide, suicidal ideation, antidepressants and self-harm 

We first meet Nora Seed, “nineteen years before...